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Planned Schools Safety/Security Committee Looking For Citizens To Serve

Madison City Schools is forming a Safety & Security Committee to review and revise a safety/security plan for schools. It will be a broad based group of school board members, parents, school staff, city and community leaders. Click here for info  and interest form if you would like to serve.
The new School Safety & Security Fund has gotten off to a good start. This crowd-funding resource ( https://www.leanstreamrp.com/…/6/madison-city-public-schools ) is live on our website.
Contributions are tax deductible and will go exclusively toward the $755,500 cost for the additional SROs and counselors.
Student Resource Officer surrounded by kids in library

Schools Superintendent Robby Parker April 6 communication on the new School Safety/Security Fund initiative.


I’m very excited to announce a new initiative aimed at improving the safety and security of Madison City Schools.
Today, Board President Ranae Bartlett and I announced the rollout of a fundraising mechanism to hire more School Resource Officers and school mental health counselors.

This crowd-funding resource ( https://www.leanstreamrp.com/…/6/madison-city-public-schools ) is now live on our website. Contributions are tax deductible and will go exclusively toward the $755,500 cost for the additional SROs and counselors.
I don’t know how we’ll pay for it next year but I’m not going to let that hold us back. We’ve got to make it happen now. After the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, many from the community began asking me and board members what they can do to help make our schools safer.
The Board held an extensive School Safety, Security and Communications work session on March 27. As we dug deeper into that at the work session, we feel that schools are safe in Madison but it was evident that we have gaps - gaps that cost money that simply isn't there.
Last year we had one of the highest student-to-teacher ratios in the state. Spending $755,500 on staff the state is not funding would make our student-to-teacher ratios even higher.
Ms. Bartlett contacted me the next day along with other board members and immediately started brainstorming. We came to the realization that while our funds are challenged, we have so many in the community willing to step up and help. The MCS Safety and Security Fund is a way the community can contribute to an immediate need that will help every student in Madison City.
Madison has a long history of supporting its schools.
I refuse to sit back and wait another year for the Legislature to meet, or for an increase in revenue or for some pot of money to magically appear. We don’t have the luxury to wait. I’m confident the community will come through.
Safe and secure schools. Our children deserve nothing less.
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that happens.

Robby Parker


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